Burglars posing as DWP workers target elderly Silver Lake victim

Two men ransacked the Silver Lake home of an elderly man last week after they posed as employees of the Department of Water and Power.  Burglary Dect. Mario Mota with the Rampart Division has more details of the incident that took place on Thursday, Sept. 29 in the 800 block of N. Robinson Street:

On 09/29/11 at 1130 hours, the victim, an elderly male, with limited mobility was standing inside his house near the front door. At that time, two males opened his front door and advised that they were from the DWP and that the water was contaminated. The suspects began to turn on the faucets in the house. The victim lost track of the suspects who suddenly left while leaving some of faucets running. After the victim turned off the water, he realized that his room had been ransacked and money taken.

Suspects are described as males possibly gypsies both around 180-200 lbs and 40 years old. Suspect -1 is bald on top of head and possibly has his left year pierced. Suspect-2 has long messy straight hair and red marks on cheeks.

Residents should always ask to see an identification card to verify information presented by persons who say they work for the DWP or any other utility.

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  1. DWP does not need to come into your home, all their work is out side. We have circulated this info on these suspects (they have been in the area for some time) to many email lists warning people and I have been talking to my nieghbors to alert them. Detective Mota does a great job in letting the community know when something like this is happening.

  2. possible gypsies?

  3. my bike was stolen from my apartment on the same day. i saw two males dressed with DWP uniforms checking the meters of the complex. i have a strong feeling they were involved.. how can i follow up on this matter??? i need help.

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